NOTE(*) SEPTEMBER 2021: The Southern Cross Peregrine Project and Falcon Research Group websites no longer exist. Seven years later it is no longer possible to follow this peregrine… if she exists.
29 September 2014
Since 2007 the Falcon Research Group’s Southern Cross Peregrine Project (SCPP) has satellite-tracked some of the longest migrating peregrines in the Western Hemisphere. Tagged at their wintering grounds on the coast of Chile, these peregrines have shown amazing stamina as they travel back and forth from Chile’s coast to the tundra cliffs of northern Canada.
Over the years the project has tracked 13 birds but now only “Island Girl,” pictured above, has a working transmitter. First tagged in 2009 she’s provided many years of data.
In the screenshot below SCPP mapped her 2009-2013 north and south migrations. As you can see she changes her route a bit year to year and season to season. Heading south (red) she prefers to fly the shortest route to Chile, often across the Gulf of Mexico. On her way north (blue) she travels by land and arcs across central Canada.
Winter comes early to the Arctic so Island Girl began her southward journey this month, leaving her Baffin Island home on September 17. By the time she roosted last night she’d already traveled 1,478 miles and was spotted by satellite at Vandeleur, Ontario just west of Eugenia Lake.
Where will she go today?
Follow an arctic peregrine as she migrates over North America on her way to Chile. Go, Island Girl!
(photo and map from the Falcon Research Group’s Southern Cross Peregrine Peregrine Project. Click on the images to see the originals)